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Walker scores 26 in Kent State's win over Oregon State

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) Jaylin Walker came off the bench in his first game for Kent State this season, and both he and the team played well. So coach Rob Senderoff decided to stick with that rotation.

It worked well again Friday afternoon when Walker scored 26 points with four 3-pointers and grabbed seven rebounds as Kent State held on to beat Oregon State 66-63.

''He plays all the minutes. He just doesn't start the game. If we start out well, that's great, because then he's coming in. If we don't start off well, we have somebody who's a great offensive player coming in to give us a spark,'' Senderoff said.

Jalen Avery added 16 points with four 3-pointers for the Golden Flashes (9-2).

''To win these types of games, you have to make shots. And I thought we made a bunch of them,'' Senderoff said. ''Jalen Walker - as the game wore on, especially as it got tight - made some huge 3s for us.''

Tres Tinkle had 20 points and seven rebounds and Kylor Kelley added 16 points, nine rebounds and five blocks for the Beavers (7-4), who have lost three of their last four.

''I thought we had a real size advantage inside and we weren't able to take advantage of that,'' Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said.

Kent State outrebounded the Beavers 35-22, and Senderoff said the 12-10 margin on offensive rebounds was the difference in the game.

While Walker showed he could score from long range, driving to the hoop and at the line, his biggest play might have been an offensive board.

Avery missed a floater with 14 seconds left but Walker grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He made both free throws. A Stephen Thompson Jr. 3-pointer just before the buzzer was off for Oregon State.

Kent State shot 40 percent, including 10 for 21 on 3-pointers, while Oregon State shot 44 percent, but only 3 for 17 from long range.

Oregon State led 21-7 early after an Ethan Thompson reverse layup at the 12:51 mark capped a 12-2 run.

Kent State responded with its own 10-0 surge. Moments later, Walker, who comes off the bench, scored 13 points in just more than four minutes.

''Once I make my first one, I'm pretty much going,'' Walker said.

The senior guard didn't attempt a shot until the 6:19 mark, when he made a layup. He followed that up with a 3-pointer and the Flashes took a 27-26 lead with 5:30 left in the first half.

Kent State closed the half on an 8-0 run and led 42-33 at the break.

A 7-0 surge by the Beavers, capped by a 3-pointer from Ethan Thompson with 8:10 left, trimmed the margin to 52-51.

Kent State led 64-61 with a minute left. After a Walker miss with 50 seconds remaining, Tinkle made a spinning layup with 40 seconds left and the Beavers trailed 64-63.

The previous meeting between the schools was last season when Kent State won at home 79-78.

BIG PICTURE

Kent State: Walker was suspended for the first four games of the season, but came into Friday's contest averaging 25.2 points.

Oregon State: With a school-record nine blocks in Monday's win, Kelley moved into first in the nation in blocks per game with 4.0.

O-BOARD

Walker said he essentially stole his late-game offensive rebound from a Kent State big man who had the ball in his hands briefly and was holding it up high. ''I just went up there and snagged it from him because I'm a better free-throw shooter,'' he said.

BIG G RETURN?

Oregon State Gligorije Rakocevic, aka ''Big G,'' was the team's starting center, but has missed the last five games with a stress fracture. He hopes to return for Oregon State's next game, which would provide the Beavers with much-needed frontcourt depth.

UP NEXT

Kent State: Hosts Albany on Dec. 28.

Oregon State: Hosts Central Connecticut on Dec. 29.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Offensive rebound by Kylor Kelley 0.0
  Stephen Thompson Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 2.0
+ 1 Jaylin Walker made 2nd of 2 free throws 13.0
+ 1 Jaylin Walker made 1st of 2 free throws 13.0
  Personal foul on Tres Tinkle 13.0
  Offensive rebound by Jaylin Walker 13.0
  Jalen Avery missed jump shot 15.0
+ 2 Tres Tinkle made reverse layup 40.0
  Defensive rebound by Ethan Thompson 49.0
  Jaylin Walker missed fade-away jump shot 51.0
  Personal foul on Stephen Thompson Jr. 1:00
Team Stats
Points 66 63
Field Goals 22-55 (40.0%) 25-57 (43.9%)
3-Pointers 10-21 (47.6%) 3-17 (17.6%)
Free Throws 12-14 (85.7%) 10-11 (90.9%)
Total Rebounds 35 33
Offensive 11 8
Defensive 23 21
Team 1 4
Assists 11 13
Steals 5 5
Blocks 0 8
Turnovers 11 9
Fouls 18 15
Technicals 0 0
26 PTS, 7 REB, 3 AST
20 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Kent State 9-2 422466
home team logo Oregon State 7-4 333063
Team Stats
away team logo Kent State 9-2 75.2 PPG 39.2 RPG 13.0 APG
home team logo Oregon State 7-4 73.4 PPG 38.1 RPG 15.0 APG
Key Players
23
J. Walker G 21.6 PPG 5.7 RPG 2.1 APG 38.7 FG%
3
T. Tinkle F 20.8 PPG 8.1 RPG 3.8 APG 48.3 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Walker G 26 PTS 7 REB 3 AST
T. Tinkle F 20 PTS 7 REB 2 AST
40.0 FG% 43.9
47.6 3PT FG% 17.6
85.7 FT% 90.9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Avery 16 3 3 5/12 4/6 2/2 2 40 0 0 0 0 3
A. Williams 11 5 3 4/9 1/2 2/2 3 38 1 0 2 3 2
P. Whittington 4 7 0 2/5 0/0 0/0 4 17 0 0 2 2 5
C. Williamson 3 4 2 1/6 1/4 0/0 4 20 1 0 0 0 4
M. Peterson 2 5 0 1/6 0/1 0/0 1 26 0 0 0 2 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Avery 16 3 3 5/12 4/6 2/2 2 40 0 0 0 0 3
A. Williams 11 5 3 4/9 1/2 2/2 3 38 1 0 2 3 2
P. Whittington 4 7 0 2/5 0/0 0/0 4 17 0 0 2 2 5
C. Williamson 3 4 2 1/6 1/4 0/0 4 20 1 0 0 0 4
M. Peterson 2 5 0 1/6 0/1 0/0 1 26 0 0 0 2 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Walker 26 7 3 8/15 4/7 6/8 2 31 1 0 4 3 4
B. Duling 4 0 0 1/1 0/0 2/2 0 9 2 0 0 0 0
A. Frederick 0 3 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 17 0 0 2 1 2
A. Roberts 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0
K. Harris - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Pippen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Simons - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Gholston - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Norton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Givens - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 66 34 11 22/55 10/21 12/14 18 200 5 0 11 11 23
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Tinkle 20 7 2 9/17 1/6 1/1 1 39 1 0 1 2 5
K. Kelley 16 9 0 6/7 0/0 4/4 3 24 0 5 3 3 6
E. Thompson 10 7 4 4/7 1/1 1/1 4 35 1 1 2 1 6
A. Hollins 9 0 0 4/6 0/1 1/1 3 25 2 1 1 0 0
S. Thompson Jr. 3 4 3 1/16 0/6 1/2 1 39 1 0 2 2 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Tinkle 20 7 2 9/17 1/6 1/1 1 39 1 0 1 2 5
K. Kelley 16 9 0 6/7 0/0 4/4 3 24 0 5 3 3 6
E. Thompson 10 7 4 4/7 1/1 1/1 4 35 1 1 2 1 6
A. Hollins 9 0 0 4/6 0/1 1/1 3 25 2 1 1 0 0
S. Thompson Jr. 3 4 3 1/16 0/6 1/2 1 39 1 0 2 2 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Z. Reichle 3 1 3 1/2 1/2 0/0 1 15 0 0 0 0 1
A. Vernon 2 0 1 0/2 0/1 2/2 1 12 0 0 0 0 0
W. Washington 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 11 0 1 0 0 1
G. Rakocevic - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dastrup - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Barnes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Blaser - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 63 29 13 25/57 3/17 10/11 15 200 5 8 9 8 21